Presidential candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky moved on Wednesday to filibuster a Senate bill to renew the Patriot Act, a post-9/11 law meant to beef up protection against terrorist threats. The controversial law has been targeted at times by liberals on the left and libertarians such as Paul on the right. The Republican senator objects to certain aspects of the law that he says restrict the rights or violate the privacy of Americans. One provision in particular allows the National Security Agency broad latittude in searching phone calls for evidence of threats. "I've just taken the senate floor to begin a filibuster of the Patriot Act renewal. It's time to end the NSA spying!" Paul tweeted Wedneday afternoon. Later on the Senate floor he said about the NSA, "I am watching you, too."
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